At Lasting Smiles of Bethlehem, we choose to be a metal-free dental practice because we feel metal is an inferior material. Newer technology allows patients the option to have their fillings match their natural tooth shade very closely. All of our fillings are created from safe dental composite material or high-grade dental porcelain inlays and onlays, which eliminates any health risks that may be associated with mercury and provides patients with a solution that is virtually invisible.
Metal not only looks out of place, but it can also expand and contract and cause enamel to break. We often see patients who have actually experienced major tooth damage as a result of old, ineffective metal fillings. If you are interested in replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings in Lansdale, talk to our LVI-trained cosmetic dentist Dr. Ajay patel about making the switch.
Dr. Patel is able to complete tooth-colored fillings in a single visit. First, he will numb the treatment area and prepare the tooth by removing any decayed enamel and cleaning the space. Next, the composite material is used to fill the space, applied one layer at a time, and shaped to give your tooth a natural-looking contour.
The filling is then hardened with a curing light and the tooth is polished for a very natural result that blends in perfectly with the rest of your tooth. Dr. Patel will check that the bite feels comfortable and will make any adjustments. After the treatment, he will instruct you on the best way to care for your filling and keep your tooth healthy.
Fillings are intended to build strength in teeth that have been damaged. We frequently place fillings for people who have small areas of decay that need to be contained. Tooth-colored fillings are also beneficial for people who have minor tooth chips, cracks, or breaks. If you have an old filling that is causing more harm than good, it may be time for a replacement filling.